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Gov. Edwards declares March 14 as day of remembrance for those lost to COVID-19

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks about the state's COVID-19 outbreak and vaccination...
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks about the state's COVID-19 outbreak and vaccination efforts on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La.(Melinda Deslatte | AP)
Published: Mar. 10, 2021 at 3:21 PM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE)- Governor John Bel Edwards declared Sunday, March 14, 2021, a day of prayer and remembrance for those who have died in Louisiana from COVID-19 in the first year of the pandemic.

Louisiana confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 9, 2020, and its first death on March 14, 2020. As of March 10, 2021, 9,812 people have died from COVID-19 in the state

As of the one-year anniversary of the first death, the Louisiana Department of Health reports 9,861 deaths in Louisiana.

Read the Governor’s proclamation here.

The following press release is from the office of Governor John Bel Edwards

“Sunday marks a year since the first confirmed COVID-19 death in Louisiana, and, sadly, there are thousands of empty seats at churches, Sunday dinners, family celebrations, homes, businesses, and schools all across our state. As we mourn, I am calling on all Louisianans to join me and Donna on Sunday for a moment of prayer or remembrance for those we have lost and their families and friends who need our support now more than ever,” Gov. Edwards said.

“We have lost far too many mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers and daughters and sons from all races, religions, and creeds. We owe it to all of them to protect ourselves and each other as best we can to continue to slow the spread of COVID and prevent even more deaths as we work to end this pandemic.”